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PHM2014 Challenge

IEEE PHM 2014 Data Challenge

The IEEE Reliability Society, FCLAB research federation, FEMTO-ST Institute, and the Laboratory of excellence ACTION are proud to launch the IEEE PHM 2014 Data Challenge. The challenge is focused on the estimation of the remaining useful life (RUL) of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC).

Challenge Outline

Fuel Cell Systems (FCS) appear to be a promising alternative energy source to face some of the economic and environmental challenges of modern society. However, even if this technology is close to being competitive, it is not yet ready to be considered for large scale industrial deployment: FCS still must be optimized, particularly by increasing their limited lifespan. Indeed, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell systems (PEMFC) usually have a life span of around 2000 hours, whereas 6000 hours are required for some applications, including transportation…

Enhancing FCS durability involves not only developing a better understanding of ageing phenomena but also requires the ability to emulate the behavior of the whole system to support the development of improvements to those systems. Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) of FCS is an emerging field of scientific and technological development that has the potential to provide and enable improvements in the life management, use and support of Fuel Cell Systems.

This is the aim of our challenge: we expect participants to develop robust PHM methods to:
- Assess the health state of a PEMFC FC (State of Health – SoH),
- Predict its remaining useful life (RUL).
Challenge datasets are provided by FCLAB Research Federation (FR CNRS 3539, France). Experiments were carried out on test facilities that enable normal or accelerated ageing of FCS stacks under constant and/or variable operating conditions, while controlling and gathering  health monitoring data like power loads, temperatures, hydrogen and air stoichiometry rates, etc. The data sets provided for the challenge will include both temporal and frequential data.

Further details, the scoring of results, the application form, and the provided datasets, can be found on the home page of the challenge: http://eng.fclab.fr/ieee-phm-2014-data-challenge/

Participation Procedure

The challenge is open to all potential conference attendees. Both Academic (from University) and Professional teams (from Industry) are encouraged to enter! The top scoring participants will be distinguished and invited to present at a special session of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management. To ensure equity during the competition, no member from FCLAB will participate in the challenge.

Important dates

- December 01, 2013: competition opens
- March 14, 2014: deadline for submission of results
- March 17, 2014: results announced
- April 20, 2014: deadline for submission of full papers by winners
- June 22-25, 2014: 2014 IEEE Int. Conf. on Prognostics and Health Management - Presentations

Local Challenge Organization Committee

Rafael Gouriveau, Fabien Harel, Mickaël Hilairet, Daniel Hissel, Samir Jemeï, Marine Jouin, Elodie
Lechartier, Simon Morando, Elodie Pahon, Marie-Cécile Péra, Noureddine Zerhouni

FCLAB: Federation for Fuel Cell Research, FR CNRS 3539 / FEMTO-ST

Rue Thierry Mieg, F-90010 Belfort – France
http://eng.fclab.fr/ - www.femto-st.fr


Labex ACTION program (contract ANR-11-LABX-01-01)

Contact: ieee-2014-PHM-challenge@ens2m.fr